Police have arrested four more Chinese nationals in connection with a drug trafficking operation based out of the Sokha hotel in Phnom Penh, including three men who were apprehended as they prepared to board a flight to China, an official said on Monday.
Four suspected members of the alleged methamphetamine ring—two Chinese men, a Chinese woman and a Vietnamese woman—were caught in possession of half a kilogram of the drug at the luxury hotel in Chroy Changva district on Wednesday night and later confessed to having flushed an additional 5 kg down the toilet in their room, according to police.
On Friday afternoon, another Chinese man was arrested in a raid on the hotel, during which police seized 3 kg of a gloopy white substance in a metal mixing bowl and several small plastic bags of a powdered white substance, according to Ev Phearith, chief of the municipal police’s anti-drug bureau, who led the raid.
“I sent it to the National Authority for Combating Drugs to test whether it is drugs,” Mr. Phearith said, adding that his officers had also confiscated a handgun and a large collection of sex toys, which the Chinese man had claimed were for personal use.
On Saturday, he said, police arrested three more Chinese men at Phnom Penh International Airport.
“They were standing inside the airport to get on a flight to China for the New Year,” Mr. Phearith said, explaining the three had already checked in and were waiting to receive their exit visas when they were arrested.
The bureau chief said all eight suspects apprehended—whom he refused to name—had been under surveillance prior to their arrests and were seen together on multiple occasions. He said some of them were questioned at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday and were being held at the municipal police headquarters while investigators attempted to determine the scope of their methamphetamine trafficking operation and track down their leader.
“They are not the mastermind. We need to find more of their accomplices in our country so we can chase the mastermind,” he said.